THE number of people out of work in the Rotherham district has fallen, according to the latest government figures.
The number of people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance and Universal Credit in Rotherham — which includes Maltby, Dinnington and Mexborough — fell by 20 or 0.5 per cent to 4,105 for December compared to a year ago.
Among people aged 18 to 24, there were 900 people on Jobseeker’s Allowance and Universal Credit, a fall of 105 or ten per cent on this time last year.
Nationally, unemployment fell by 3,000 for the September to November period, with unemployment nationally at 1.44 million.
Paul Boyd, relationship manager at Jobcentre Plus in Rotherham, said that there were many opportunities coming up in the near future for people to find work.
He said that the Jobcentre in Rotherham had been working with the Mears Group to get people into construction opportunities, as well as with Capita and Blue Arrow in Manvers, who are taking on 30 new starters every Monday until March 12.
There has also been an event with G4S at the Jobcentre and in the near future there could be around 2,000 temporary positions at Pearsons in Hellaby to deal with exams.
Mr Boyd added that a jobs fair was planned at the Jobcentre at the end of March at which a variety of employers and providers are set to attend.